Look at an uninvited but welcome guest growing in my greenhouse! JEWEL WEED!!!
Jewel weed is in the Balsaminaceae family and is also called Spotted Touch-Me-Not . It is an annual plant growing 3-5 ft tall and flowers from June to September It usually grows in shady moist areas near water. The leaves and stems are crushed into poultice form as a well known folk remedy for poison ivy. Ice cubes made from jewel weed tea can also be used topically on rashes.
Jewel weed contains a compound called lawsone in its leaves that has been proven to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.